DEBORAH KERR: What did the Academy have against this actress?!

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A while back DeOscarize.com experienced your passionate agreement with my premise that Richard Burton

NEW Best Actor 1966 RICHARD BURTON  1925 - 1984 WHO'S AFRAID OF  VIRGINIA WOOLF

NEW Best Actor 1966
RICHARD BURTON
1925 – 1984
WHO’S AFRAID OF
VIRGINIA WOOLF

deserved the NEW Best Actor award 1966 for his performance in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf just as his wife Elizabeth Taylor

WINNER Best Actress 1966 Elizabeth Taylor  1932 - 2011 WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?

WINNER Best Actress 1966
Elizabeth Taylor
1932 – 2011
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?

deserved her actual Academy Award for Best Actress 1966 for her performance in the same movie. I mentioned in passing then that I felt her other award for her performance in Butterfield 8,

WINNER Best Actress 1960 ELIZABETH TAYLOR 1932 - 2011 BUTTERFIELD 8

WINNER Best Actress 1960
ELIZABETH TAYLOR
1932 – 2011
BUTTERFIELD 8

a trashy, lurid melodrama, was ill deserved and has not stood well the test of time, nor has the film for that matter. Now, please consider the other nominees for Best Actress 1960.

NOMINEE Best Actress 1960 SHIRLEY MACLAINE THE APARTMENT

NOMINEE Best Actress 1960
SHIRLEY MACLAINE
THE APARTMENT

NOMINEE Best Actress 1960 GREER GARSON 1904 - 1996 SUNRISE AT CAMPOBELLO

NOMINEE Best Actress 1960
GREER GARSON
1904 – 1996
SUNRISE AT CAMPOBELLO

NOMINEE Best Actress 1960 MELINA MERCOURI 1920 - 1994 NEVER ON SUNDAY

NOMINEE Best Actress 1960
MELINA MERCOURI
1920 – 1994
NEVER ON SUNDAY

NOMINEE Best Actress 1960 DEBORAH KERR 1921 - 2007 THE SUNDOWNERS

NOMINEE Best Actress 1960
DEBORAH KERR
1921 – 2007
THE SUNDOWNERS

Tell me their performances in these excellent films did not measure up to Elizabeth Taylor, if not surpassed. I think not. Consider, if you will Deborah Kerr.  By the time of her last Academy Award nomination in 1960 for her wonderful performance in the Sundowners, Deborah Kerr had already been nominated five times previously for these movies. In fact Deborah Kerr HAS THE MOST BEST ACTRESS NOMINATIONS IN ACADEMY HISTORY.

NOMINEE Best Actress 1949 DEBORAH KERR 1921 - 2007 EDWARD, MY SON

NOMINEE Best Actress 1949
DEBORAH KERR
1921 – 2007
EDWARD, MY SON

NOMINEE Best Actress 1953 DEBORAH KERR 1921 - 2007 FROM HERE TO ETERNITY

NOMINEE Best Actress 1953
DEBORAH KERR
1921 – 2007
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY

NOMINEE Best Actress 1956 DEBORAH KERR 1921 - 2007 THE KING AND I

NOMINEE Best Actress 1956
DEBORAH KERR
1921 – 2007
THE KING AND I

NOMINEE Best Actress 1957 DEBORAH KERR 1921 - 2007 HEAVEN KNOWS, MR. ALLISON

NOMINEE Best Actress 1957
DEBORAH KERR
1921 – 2007
HEAVEN KNOWS, MR. ALLISON

NOMINEE Best Actress 1958 DEBORAH KERR 1921 - 2007 SEPARATE TABLES

NOMINEE Best Actress 1958
DEBORAH KERR
1921 – 2007
SEPARATE TABLES

Like Richard Burton who also got unfairly snubbed by the Academy, Deborah Kerr was nominated Best Actress three years in a row and still got robbed especially in 1960 when she was denied an award for her performance in The Sundowners.

NOMINEE Best Actress 1960 DEBORAH KERR 1921 - 2007 THE SUNDOWNERS

NOMINEE Best Actress 1960
DEBORAH KERR
1921 – 2007
THE SUNDOWNERS

When she connects with that woman on the train as she realizes how distant their worlds are, that is a piece of film acting seldom matched, especially in 1960. By the way, even Deborah Kerr once declared that she felt she got robbed for losing to Elizabeth Taylor in 1960. However, there is a reason why Elizabeth Taylor won her Best Actress Award in 1960. It was the Hollywood community trying to atone for its heartless abandonment of one of their own when she became THE OTHER WOMAN

(Left) ELIZABETH TAYLOR (Center) EDDIE FISHER (Right)  DEBBIE REYNOLDS

(Left) ELIZABETH TAYLOR
(Center) EDDIE FISHER
(Right) DEBBIE REYNOLDS

and then almost died with a serious bout of pneumonia and an emergency tracheotomy. But wait a minute should cinematic immortality be bestowed for such a shallow reason? The answer when dealing with the Hollywood community is that nothing is too shallow.  So with five nominations and no wins, what did the Academy have against Deborah Kerr?

DEBORAH KERR 1921 - 2007

DEBORAH KERR
1921 – 2007

There were many in the Hollywood movie community who resented Deborah Kerr for the stories they heard about her inappropriate relations with almost every one of her leading men. 

DEBORAH KERR & BURT LANCASTER FROM HERE TO ETERNITY 1953

DEBORAH KERR & BURT LANCASTER
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY 1953

CLARK GABLE 1901 - 1960 THE HUCKSTERS 1947

CLARK GABLE
1901 – 1960
THE HUCKSTERS 1947

king solomon's minesAlso, she was publicly dismissive of the Hollywood community from time to time, check out her appearance on What’s My Line. what's my line3In addition, she created some enemies when she blew the whistle on the producers of The King and I by revealing the existence of Marni Nixon,

DEBORAH KERR & MARNI NIXON

DEBORAH KERR & MARNI NIXON

who provided the singing voice of her character in that film. Sexual appetites, combined with refreshing honesty should not deny anyone the immortality that a Best Actress Academy Award offers a film artist. So you are here at DeOscarize.com to affirm or deny my decision to DeOscarize Elizabeth Taylor; a decision I believe Elizabeth Taylor

DeOscarized Best Actress 1960 ELIZABETH TAYLOR 1932 - 2011

DeOscarized Best Actress 1960
ELIZABETH TAYLOR
1932 – 2011

would probably not dispute, in order to make

NEW Best Actress 1960 DEBORAH KERR 1921 - 2007 THE SUNDOWNERS

NEW Best Actress 1960
DEBORAH KERR
1921 – 2007
THE SUNDOWNERS

Deborah Kerr the NEW Best Actress 1960 for her dazzling performance in The Sundowners. There that’s better I feel cinematic justice has been done to a deserving film artist.

 Providing merited immortality unfairly denied by a somewhat and sometimes fickle film community. And if you’re at all familiar with DeOscarize.com as I hope you will be, giving credit where credit has long been overdue is really what DeOscarize.com is all about.  Anyone who tells you differently doesn’t know what they’re talking about but then, there’s a lot of that goin’ around these days.

Of course I can see where folks might think I’m wrong. I’m prepared to make my case for DeOscarizing Elizabeth Taylor. Can you make the case to prevent it? Is there someone else you would DeOscarize Elizabeth Taylor for? Let’s discuss it.

Pick a year! Pick a category! Pick a Nominee! Name your own Nominee!

It’s Your Choice! It’s Your Universe!

Enjoy! Discuss! Prevail!

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